Barlow, John Perry

A Cyberspace Independence Declaration (1996)


A Cyberspace Independence Declaration was an influential early paper on the applicability (or lack thereof) of government on the rapidly-growing internet. It was written by John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as a response to the 1996 Telecommunications "Reform" Act's Communications "Decency" Amendment in United States.

Because of its subject matter, Barlow's work quickly became famous and well-distributed on the Internet. Within three months, an estimated 5,000 websites had copies of the Declaration. At nine months, that number was estimated to be 40,000.


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